Charlton have made a late bid to snatch Middlesbrough's Franck Queudrue from under the noses of capital rivals Fulham.
The Cottagers have been leading the chase for the left back - who looks set to end a five-year love affair with Boro - but now Charlton have made a move.
Queudrue has established himself as one of the most highly regarded left backs in The Premiership during his time on Teesside, as well as becoming one of the most popular players at The Riverside.
However, Gareth Southgate seems ready to dispense with his services and is already locked in talks with Sunderland's Julio Arca - who will fill the void left by Queudrue.
Southgate also has Emanuel Pogatetz and England Under-21 starlet Andrew Taylor to call on - so he obviously feels the time is right to let Queudrue leave.
The 27-year-old has held extensive talks with Fulham and is in London finalising terms with Chris Coleman's outfit - but Iain Dowie at Charlton is also hoping for talks.
Queudrue is likely to consider The Addicks - leaving it a straight choice between the two, and a decision should be made within the next day or so.
Arca too could complete his move within the next few days - but Boro are likely to wait for Queudrue to finalise his decision before sealing a deal for the Argentine.